In December 2007 I wrote that the MV Beluga Skysails (previous post) had been officially launched in Hamburg, Germany. I am pleased to say that the kite assisted ship has completed her maiden voyage from Germany to Venezuala. MV Beluga Skysails was due in port in Venezuala on 05 Feb 08.
Reuters are reporting she recorded fuel savings of between 10 and 15 percent during parts of its voyage across the Atlantic. The computer-guided kite system was only fully deployed after it experienced trade winds near the Azores. The 10 to 15 percent reduction in fuel consumption amounts to savings of between $1,000 and $1,500 per day. Once the bugs have been ironed out and the crew’s expertise with the €500,000 system improves, fuel savings are projected to be up to 20 percent.